A New London woman died Tuesday afternoon after her car collided with a farm tractor pulling a large plow on Ohio 162, just west of Clark Road, in Huntington Township.
Amy B. Mitchell, 39, of 1355 Greenwich Milan Townline Road, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:56 p.m., Lorain County Coroner Dr. Paul Matus said.
“She had all kinds of injuries. The most serious were head and neck injuries,” the coroner said. “It’s a sad accident.”
Mitchell was heading east as she approached the crest of an Ohio 162 hill about 12:50 p.m. About the same time, Wellington resident Dean Rollin, 22, moved to avoid a mailbox on the right side of the road as he was approaching the same hill heading in the opposite direction, said Trooper Jeff Fide of the state Highway Patrol’s Elyria post.
The woman’s 1997 Ford Taurus then sideswiped the farm vehicle. She was going about 55 mph at the time.
“It tore the entire left side off,” Fide said. “The doors were peeled off ... and the left quarter panel was torn right off.”
Matus said he believes Mitchell was wearing her seat belt because it was torn and there were related imprints left on her body.
Rollin was not injured.
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported the man was driving a tractor that was more than 14-feet wide and weighed about 20,000 pounds, with tires that were about five feet tall. The tractor had a slow-moving vehicle sign.
Lt. Glenn Peterson has said he suspects Rollin went about two feet into Mitchell’s lane to avoid the mailbox.
No citations have been issued.
Once troopers complete their investigation, Fide said, they will send a report to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will for consideration of charges.
Mitchell’s husband John described his wife in a local report as a loving wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with her family.